Friday, 14 December, 2018

US warplanes crash off Japan coast, rescue under way

US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway Marine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast, Search and Rescue Underway
Deanna Wagner | 06 December, 2018, 02:41

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Reports on Twitter indicate that two USA military aircraft have crashed during a midair refueling operation off Iwakuni, Japan.

A United States defense official told AFP there had been a crash after the plane took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan. It was not clear how many crew members were on each of the planes.

Search and rescue operations were underway following a "mishap". Two aviators were on the F/A-18 Hornet, while five Marines were on the KC-130.

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United States media also reported 5 crew on the C-130 and 2 on the F-18.

The U.S. Marine Corps said Thursday an FA-18 fighter and a KC-130 tanker aircraft were involved "a mishap" off the Japanese coast early Thursday. "Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery". The statement added that the incident was under investigation.

The US military has about 50,000 troops stationed in Japan.